Musicians from Palaver Strings will collaborate with Portland based Iraqi immigrants Kifah Abdulla and Jawad Al-Fatlawi to showcase the experiences of Iraqi immigrants in Maine through spoken word and music. Kifah Abdulla, a poet and artist will share his personal narrative through spoken word while Jawad Al-Fatlawi, a oud player, composer, and oud maker, will present his story through his instrument. Palaver musicians will support the two musicians through new arrangements of Iraqi songs and through improvisational accompaniment to the verbal story. They will be joined by poets and writers Reza Jalali and Ekhlas Ahmed who will read from their work.
As a musician-led ensemble, Palaver is driven by collaborative processes, through which its Co-Artistic Directors share musical and administrative leadership. While each member of the ensemble brings unique experiences to the table, they share a passion for taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with new and diverse audiences. In these personal, unconventional settings, Palaver strives to use music to address social issues, promote education and healing, and inspire peers and community to support the arts.
This event will be hosted in the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA.